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CBS
Mar 16, 2011 5:30pm PDT
the government and tepco, the tokyo electric power company are, not telling the whole truth. they established a 20-mile danger zone, but fear in japan has spread much father. "i think the government is trying to hide something," she says. "the prime minister and tepco say we are fine, but things keep happening that say we aren't fine." tokyo airports are crowded with the growing number of people taking flight. jim stevens is going home to iowa. >> we haven't... aren't aware of any communications from the japanese government. >> reporter: tepco, established in 1951, just six years after the nuclear blast that ended world war ii, is the fourth largest electric company in the world. it operates 17 nuclear reactors and often finds itself in hot water. in 2002, top executives resigned in disgrace when tepco was found to have falsified reports and concealed accidents at nuclear plants 200 times over 25 years. industry watchdogs say it's wise to be skeptical. "tepco did not tell the truth in the past and they're not telling the truth now," he says. even prime minister kan seems to doubt he's getting
CBS
Mar 17, 2011 4:30am EDT
accident is growing panic, and suspicion the government and tepco, the tokyo electric power company, are not telling the whole truth. they established a 20-mile danger zone, but fear in japan has spread much farther. "i think the government is trying to hide something," she says. "the prime minister and tepco say we are fine, but things keep happening that say we aren't fine." tepco, established in 1951, just six years after the nuclear blast that ended world war ii, is the fourth largest electric company in the world. it operates 17 nuclear reactors, and often finds itself in hot water. in 2002, top executives resigned in disgrace, when tepco was found to have falsified reports and concealed accidents at nuclear plants 200 times over 25 years. industry watchdogs say it's wise to be skeptical. "tepco did not tell the truth in the past and they're not telling the truth now," he says. even prime minister kan seems to doubt he's getting the whole story. publicly he urged citizens to stay calm. privately he exploded what the hell is going on at tepco executives who waited an hour to tel
PBS
Mar 28, 2011 7:00pm PDT
in the surrounding areas. tepco collected samples from five locations around the power plant over two days from march 21st, two of which were found to be contaminated with traces of plutonium. plutonium is a by-product of the nuclear power generation process using uranium fuel. at the number 3 reactor of the fukushima plant plutonium is an ingredient in mixed oxide fuel, or mox fuel. plutonium can remain in human lungs and other organs and cause long-term damage, including cancer. radioactivity from plutonium can be blocked by a sheet of paper. >>> at the troubled fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant the effort to cool the reactors is faced with the challenge of preventing further leakage of highly radioactive substances. >> translator: the challenge is to inject enough water into the reactors for them to cool down stably. but at the same time avoid the outflow of water. >> a tepco official says they have detected on sunday more than 1,000 millisieverts per hour from the water in the trench of the number 2 reactor building. the trench is a concrete tunnel located outside the turbine building near th
PBS
Mar 15, 2011 7:00pm PDT
force between the government and tepco. so they are going to report it to you if you actually do that. yes, we get advice from experts to spray water from above. but depending on the situation in the storage pool, we may cause some risk if we pour water in large amount in a very short time. so we have to analyze the risks. basically the idea is to gradually pour in water and that is more safe way to do. and specifically what is the easiest way to inject water, do you know the method? >>> translator: well, when we have the final decision, then we will make an announcement. >>> translator: now this joint task force, day has passed since this was established, but how is this working? >>> translator: at least, compared with before establishing this task force, the information that we get is relatively -- has become more speedy in getting information and also the -- when there are changes in the readings we do have a speedy reporting. and at the same time, it's difficult to send half the menster, but we have mr. -- adviser go there and he knows what the tepco is doing. so we have a full gr
PBS
Mar 30, 2011 5:00am EDT
from being under control. >> yes. and tepco has used almost that phrase saying they cannot say reactors one to four are at this stage under control. they are stabilizing slowly, they say, but because it's such a difficult task and because it's gone on so long and because they believe there's been a part of meltdown and because if you've seen the true scale of destruction, they cannot see any way there's any future for those four reactors, shutting them down. but there are two others that are not as badly damaged and they will canvas the opinions of local people before making a decision on the future of those. >> thank you. president al shir ba had of syria is expected to make his first appearance today since a demonstration in which 60 people were killed. there's speculation that he may announce an end to five years of -- five decades of emergency law. crowds took to the streets show their support -- for him. in damascus, we have our correspondent. >> as you just mentioned, on top of the agenda, the expectations are towards lifting the state of emergency that has been enforced for nearl
CNN
Mar 18, 2011 1:00am EDT
, an emergency diesel generator supplying power to units five and six. tepco, the company which runs this nuclear plant, also reporting that contrary to what the international atomic energy agency said about a power line to run cooling pumps, it turns out it has not yet been hooked up. the iaea said it had been hooked up, tepco said no, that hasn't. water dumps only somewhat effective according to the power company. with americans starting to worry about radioactive contamination reaching the west coast, president obama tried to assure the company. >> we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the united states, whether it's the west coast, hawaii, alaska, or u.s. territories in the pacific. let me repeat that. we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the west coast, hawaii, alaska, or u.s. territories in the pacific. >> he also said that americans living in japan should closely monitor the situation. of course, the u.s. government yesterday told any americans within 50 miles of the nuclear plant should get out of that area. now they are offering voluntary evacuations to t
CNN
Mar 28, 2011 4:00am EDT
% by the close. and just to put this into context, $29 billion has been wiped off of tepco's market value. well, tepco was under fire once again on monday after overestimating the amount of radiation found in a reactor at the damaged fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. the cabinet secretary said the mistake was due to worker fatigue but also said that was still not acceptable. officials are trying to deal with higher than normal radiation levels at reactors two and three and now temperatures are up in reactor number one. and authorities are warning residents to stay away from the area. >> it is a very risky area with contamination. therefore we urge residents not to return to the 20 kilometer radius area. >> authorities have been scrambling to restore the reactor's cooling systems to prevent a meltdown. now, outside the plant, sea water has tested positive for nearly 2,000 times the normal amount of radiation, charles. >>> well, to say that march has not exactly been a good month for tepco would seem like a gross understatement. and one researcher said he did sound the warning bell well abov
CNN
Mar 30, 2011 5:00am EDT
sorry for the nuclear crisis in japan. the ceo of tepco, which owns the cribl crippled power plant has apologized for damage caused by overheating nuclear reactors. he says staff are doing all they can to stave off a meltdown at fukushima but a strategy meant to bring a situation under control could be creating a new hazard. workers are scrambling to contain tons of radioactivity water contaminated when sprayed onto the nuclear fuel rods to cool them down. it's not certain there is a connection but new tests indicate iodine in the ocean near the plant is more than 3,000 times its normal radioactivity. meanwhile, the president was taken to hospital on tuesday suffering from fatigue and stress. >> martin savage joins us live from tokyo with the latest on the nuclear crisis. he's been following the situation as it develops. hi, marty. what are you hearing today? >> reporter: i want to update you on the condition of the president. he's 66 years of age and been president of tepco three years now and as you point out, he's suffering from what the company says is stress and fatigue. it's fair
PBS
Mar 17, 2011 7:00pm PDT
joined by our correspondent. the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant tepco is preparing to restore power source from outside. which was explained at the news conference. at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant, the biggest trouble was that the tower collapsed an the power distribution panel and the facilities were submerged in water due to tsunami and they were broken. so attempts to cool down the nuclear fuel was no longer available. so that's the biggest trouble causing these issues. so tepco is trying to bring new cable from the tohoku electric power company's power transmission lines and they are going to replace the power transmission panels and at number one and number two reactors, they are going to restore and install necessary facilities by the end of the day. these are the fire engines on stand by to go to the plant. these fire engines seem to belong to the tokyo fire department. they are going to discharge water at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. as far as we can see on the screen, there are about ten fire engines standing by here. they are going to discu
PBS
Mar 22, 2011 7:00pm PDT
for the first time since the quake on march 11th. tepco said the lighting will allow staff to carry out more intensive work. maoer cables were -- power cables were connected to -- sorry, we go thrive yukio edano's news conference. >>. >>> translator: good morning. i'd like to report, first of all of the latest development of vegetables , raw milk, based upon the special measures against the nuclear hazards and based upon the prime minister's instruction, i'd like to have some report to do. now, today, based upon the special measures of that nuclear hazard prediction of the article 20 that the provision three and from the cabinet office to the prefectural governor of the fukushima, we instructed the suspension of the shipping of leafy vegetables and the spinach. these are not the ruling type of vegetables , the leafy vegetables and the cabbage, the raw-type of the cabbages. and also broccolis and cally flowers and turn nips for sometime that we instructed the suspension of the shipping and from all of these vegetables , including the spinach and also the cabbage, the rolling type, and brocc
PBS
Mar 25, 2011 7:00pm PDT
and tsunami. tepco has been working to restore external power while trying to cool the reactors. the three workers were exposed to highly radioactive water in the basement of the turbine building of the number three reactor on thursday. the radiation level there was very high. the company revealed that 200 millisieverts per hour were measured at one time. this led to a change in plans. in an effort to continually cool the reactors, tepco started to pump fresh water instead of sea water into the number one and three reactors on friday. with this strategy in mind, the company intended to use the reactors' water pumps, but instead they were forced to use pump trucks from a distance because high radiation levels were detected near the water pumps. the company plans to switch on lights in the number two reactor's control room on saturday using an external power supply. they will continue to using trucks to pump fresh water to the reactor. water safety became a major concern among parents in japan when radioactive iodine was detected in tap water in tokyo and other areas, and levels above the re
CNN
Mar 30, 2011 4:00am EDT
, tepco's troubles keep mounting up. now the company's president has been hospitalized, apparently suffering from stress. >> high fuel prices and natural disasters clip qantas' wings. how the australian airline is cutting back. >> and businesses in india and pakistan are bowled over by the cricket world cup. >>> so, wout further adieu, take you to how the stocks are trading in europe. one hour to the trading session. here's how the numbers stack up presently. after a couple of days, some of the european markets gaining ground. we have the likes of the dax all in excess of 1%. when it comes to the london ftse 100, that market up .6%. the mining companies such as for instance, bhp billiton. in the meantime, the euro is falling against the u.s. dollar, currently trading at 1.407 6. but on the other hand, the dollar is gaining against the british pound and the japanese yen. when it comes to the yen, that's trading at 83.02. and the pound trading at 1.6025. pauline? >>> the weaker yen gave exporters a big boost in the tokyo trading this session. the nikkei reversed several days of losse
CNN
Mar 15, 2011 4:00am EDT
for a dangerous radiation leak into the environment be averted? the tokyo electric power company tepco says so far, yes. but many say tepco has misinformed the public before which is why they carefully follow what's happening on the ground. and on the ground so far exposure testing is underway and the government has ordered 200,000 people living within 12 miles of the plant to be evacuated. >> the history of the japanese nuclear industry and the government that is very closely tight with the industry is less than glorious in regard to public information and full disclosure. and what is going on now is actually an illustration of that. >> reporter: an anti-nuclear activist and is extremely concerned that this crisis seemingly under some control may not be under control at all. both japanese government officials and the private owners of nuclear power plants deny that. but tepco doesn't have a history to inspire confidence. in 2002, the president of the power company and four executives resigned after it was discovered repair and inspection records were falsified. dishonest practices the company adm
FOX News
Mar 17, 2011 8:00pm EDT
is to do in japan. >> the tokyo electric power company tepco is preaching calm that catastrophic radiation leak can be averted. but they have said that before. >> bill: that private concern is a tokyo electric power company or tepco, the fourth largest power company in the world. in 2002, five tepco executives were force god resign for falsifying nuclear plant safety records. in 2003, all 17 japanese nuke plants were shut down for a time because of false safety reports. in 2006, there was another falsification scandal. in and in 2007, a much smaller earthquake caused radiation leak at a tepco nuke power plant. the company's credibility is shaky to say the least. u.s. secretary of energy steven chu admits he does not know what's going on. saying he is getting conflicting reports on the nuke danger. obviously that's very troubling as the japanese government should be speaking in one voice about the matter. today, president obama said this. >> we know that the damage to the nuclear reactors in fukushima daiichi plant poses a substantial risk to people who are nearby. that is why yesterday we
CNN
Mar 31, 2011 4:00am EDT
. tepco stock has taken a hit after hit since the earthquake struck japan on march 11th in the nearly three weeks since, more than three-quarters of tepco's market value has been wiped out. japan's nuclear and industrial safety agency says radiation levels in the ocean water off the damaged fukushima daiichi plant are now nearly 4500 times above normal. tepco, which owns the plant, says it has to decommission four of the six reactors. that only adds to the companies troubles. a bank of america merrill lynch report tuesday says tokyo electronic could face compensation claims of $14 billion if its recovery effort takes no longer than two months. according to the same report, claims could reach $37 billion if it takes six months and staring $120 billion if it lasts a total of two years. the report also says shareholders investments in tepco could be wiped out. >>> the iaea says it has advised japan to carefully assess the situation after finding high radiation levels outside the government's evacuation zone. to help us understand that and decommissioning of four of those reactors at fuku
FOX News
Mar 15, 2011 3:00pm EDT
electric power company, tepco as they call it here, searching through the history, one thing i found to be a constant, help us process this and put it in context, if you look over the problems that happened here over the years, going back to the situation in '06 and others, one thing we see is a -- as a constant, at the time they said one thing and history proves something else, really happened. is that fair? >> yes. there are some uneasy things there in the past history. that is true, yeah. >> shepard: okay. if you could elaborate a little bit. the question a lot of people here are having, is should people believe they are getting all they should be getting? i mean, after all millions of people live here, and if there is a big radiation leak going on they probably ought to know about that. >> yes. and not only them know but other people, know. i don't think that that -- the number has to do with the leak, can come only from tokyo electric power company, let's be honest about that. we have japanese authorities nearby and also, quite a lot of foreign people -- >> i didn't mean to inte
FOX News
Mar 15, 2011 7:00pm EDT
are. but we can't yet find out from officials or tepco, which is the power company which owns the plant, exactly what has happened. what we do know is there is a fire. what we don't know is are they able to put it out? and is it in any way releasing radioactive material. that's what we are working to find out. we will the moment they release that information. we're anticipating news conferences and breaking news throughout this hour. i'm shepard smith live in tokyo. continuing coverage of breaking news on "the fox report" right after this. >>herd: brking ns w, and 're continuing to follow breaking developments to the north of us here in tokyo. up at the fukushima nuclear powe ant whereeactor number is said to have a fire iide on the northeast corner of a containment pool, which could potentially be very dangerous for there are uranium fuel rods there and there is concern that it could leak nuclear material into the air. if that happens, the situation could get dramatically worse. we do not yet know that that has happened. we are waiting for more from authorities. we will bring
FOX News
Mar 17, 2011 7:00pm EDT
electric power company or tepco indicated the radiation levels dropped slightly, after the crew sent in all that water. but the threat of a catastrophic meltdown still looms large all of this. we have team fox coverage with jennifer griffin on the effort to get americans out of the danger zone here. first to greg palkot who is streaming live from the city south and west of our location inland here. greg, how long until they get the emergency power cable up and running? do we even know? >> shep, from what we are hearing, it would be in just the next couple of hours. being plugged into reactor number 2, basically because that's the only reactor where the proper roof over it. it could supply important power for a variety of mechanisms in that reactor. especially the water cool lent pumps. that's key to all of this. that water cooling pump is not a done deal that that will actually work. the quake shut the reactor down last friday. the tsunami, which followed the quake swamped the diesel motors that worked and operate those cool lent pumps and there is no guarantee that they are in any shape to
PBS
Mar 21, 2011 7:00pm PDT
the number 2 and 3 reactor buildings. tepco says they confirmed smoke rising from the buildings on tuesday morning. the company adds that the radiation level at the plant briefly increased after the smoke was detected but later fell. tepco says it judged the smoke would not be a problem for the workers in the plant. external cables have been installed and are ready to supply power to the number 1 and 2 reactor buildings. success in supplying power to the central control room in the number 2 reactor building should clear the way for restoring the reactors' cooling systems. the company can then monitor the temperature and water level of the reactor as well as the stored fuel storage pool under electric lighting. tepco also says workers finished laying electric cables to the number 3 and 4 reactor buildings on monday. at the number 5 reactor building power has been restored with a view to resuming normal operation. >>> radioactive substances have been detected in sea water samples taken near the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. the nuclear and industrial safety agency says a further tes
NBC
Mar 27, 2011 6:30pm EDT
says it needs to revise its announcement. >> reporter: tepco officials reported radiation levels near a pool of one of the reactors were 10 million times the normal level. workers were evacuated and news reports were full of fears the crisis only deepened. for all the alarm bells the news set off, sets out tepco says it was wrong. the radiation level in that pool and three other pools was high, but not the astronomical level first described. tepco apologized for what it called an inconvenience. but it was an inconvenience no one here needed. those in the hardest-hit areas continue to bury the dead. now numbering more than 10,000. few know what to believe any more and are increasingly deciding preparing for the worst-case scenario is the best scenario for coping. that was evident in new fears over the sea water which for a third time tested positive for radiation today. some 1,800 times normal in coastal waters near the plant. all the experts though insist that the effects will be minimum, that the ocean currents will take that contaminated water far out to sea where it will be a drop.
CNN
Mar 28, 2011 5:00am EDT
about new levels of radiation. what information have you received from tepco. >> reporter: well, monitmonita, had another news conference and pointed out they have had another setback in their attempts to try to bring the nuclear plant back online. earlier they were saying they were struggling to try to drain the contaminated water from the reactor's turbine. room but discovered it is in the tunnels that come away from the turbine room and carry the electrical cables so another area they've discovered the contaminated water, varying levels of radiation and reactor two just outside that building, we understand the radiation levels are high. monita? >> adding to the problems for tepco there seems to be criticism about the way they've been handling the crisis in japan but also misreading supposedly misreading radiation levels. what more do we know about that? >> reporter: that's right. this was a mistake that happened sunday when they were talking about radiation levels and decided it was 10 million times the usual level of raid indication that you'd find in the cooling system for
MSNBC
Mar 18, 2011 9:00pm EDT
, tepco, wanted to withdraw all of its workers from fukushima. the company told the japanese government that it was too dangerous to keep workers at the plant and it is believed that tepco was prepared to let japan's self defense forces and the u.s. military handle the situation instead. that, of course, didn't happen, because japan's prime minister said no, reportedly telling the company, quote, this is not a matter of tepco going under, it is about what will become of japan. in other words, we're not worrying about saving your business, we're worried about saving the nation. so right now, tepco employees, not company executives, they are back in tokyo, tepco rank and file employees are working, joined by self defense forces and volunteers like the firefighters. because of their effort, tepco said today it has now connected an external power line to the stricken plant. the line will first supply reactor two, because it is not as damaged. power was of course knocked out a week ago in last friday's earthquake. the backup generators that run on diesel were flooded one our later by the tsu
CNN
Mar 17, 2011 8:00pm EDT
connected to reactor number two. tepco, the company that runs the reactors, said the iaea report is not true. they are trying to restore power to reactor number two. ultimately they're going to try to restore power to reactor number two. that's what started this cascade of problems, the lack of power to keep the rods cool. the fact that they have not restored power is depressing news but they will continue to try. frankly, they said yesterday they were going to try it yesterday. they are overwhelmed at this point, trying to reacts to as many things as possible. the priority for them, it seems, over the last 12 hours to 24 hours has been cooling down the fuel rods and the spent fuel rods in the pool in reactor number three. they've been trying to do that. first they tried to do it from the air, about 24 hours ausing four different -- 24 hours ago, using four different drops. one was successful. they brought in water cannons last night. they tried to do, it police tried, they got to within 50 yards and got pushed back. the japanese military using five water canon trucks tried to pour water fro
CNN
Mar 14, 2011 8:00pm EDT
. but nuclear watch dogs say tepco has misinformed the public before which is why they carefully follow what's happening on the ground. and on the ground, so far, exposure testing is under way and the government has ordered 200,000 people living within 12 miles of the plant to be evacuated. >> history of the japanese nuclear industry and the government that is very closely tight with the industry is less than glorious in regard to public information and full disclosure. what is going on now is actually an illustration of that. >> reporter: he is an anti-nuclear activist and is extremely concerned that this crisis seemingly under some control may not be under control at all. both japanese government officials have been the private owners of nuclear power plants deny that. but tepco doesn't have a history to inspire confidence. in 2002, the president of the power company and four executives resigned after it was discovered repair and inspection records were falsified. dishonest practices, the company admitted later. >> it was discovered that tepco had covered up incidents of cracking in one of
PBS
Mar 18, 2011 7:00pm PDT
exposed to more than 100 millisieverts of radiation. tepco disclosed the information early on saturday. the company says this is its first ever crisis. it has decided to raise the limit to 150 millisieverts. it will not send workers back after 100 millisieverts of radiation. radiation levels outside the evacuation zone are not harmful for human health. >> there are low levels of radiation measured. we understand the concern of people living outside the 30 kilometer radius. that they may be affected. the evidence so far, the radiation levels measured would say that there is little public health danger from the radiation there. if you are living in tokyo or yokohama or further afield, there is little public health risk. >> w.h.o. spokesperson was speaking at a regular news conference in geneva on friday. he says the w.h.o. finds no public health reasons to travel to japan. some countries are encouraging their citizens to leave japan. referring to japanese food imports. he said he cannot imagine any food from the quake-damaged areas could have been delivered since the tremor. he said he
ABC
Mar 29, 2011 4:00am EDT
. tepco says it's not from the plant. new video shows smoke billowing from reactors two and three, the reactors that officials acknowledged have damaged fuel rods and may be partially melting down. highly radioactive water is spreading into a ditch, spreading to reactors two and three. company officials confirmed some of that liquid has seeped into sea water. tepco is also struggling to maintain its credibility. >> the water contains 10 million-times the usual level of radioactive substances. >> reporter: it was a mistake. tepco retracted its own report on sunday. but the government blasted the company. such a mistake is not something that should be forgiven or acceptable. and some experts say it might be time for tepco to let someone else take over. >> i think they should be removed from leadership. a team of top scientists put in charge, with the authority to call out the japanese military. >> reporter: trace amounts of radiation was detected on the west coast and in one sample of rainwater from massachusetts. in both cases, officials say there's nothing the public should be con
CNN
Mar 30, 2011 1:00am EDT
the people in charge. are government officials and tepco, the private company which runs this plant, are tepco officials telling the truth, the whole truth right now? we're keeping them honest, next. isha sesay also following other stories tonight. isha? >>> news that some will find shocking. after battering and drowning a trainer a little more than a year ago at sea world, the killer whale is returning to public performances wednesday. when we come back, i'll tell you how the company is justifying the move. that story and much more just ahead. the other day, i looked up the word "unlimited" in the dictionary. nowhere in the definition did i see words like... "metering," "overage," or "throttling"... which is code for slowing you down. only sprint gives you true unlimited calling, texting... surfing, tv, and navigation on all phones. why limit yourself? [ male announcer ] sprint. the only national carrier to give you true unlimited. find out more at sprint.com. trouble hearing on the phone? visit sprintrelay.com. sweet & salty nut bars... they're made from whole roasted nuts and dip
CNN
Mar 30, 2011 2:00am EDT
and tepco, the private company which runs this plant, are tepco officials telling the truth, the whole truth right now? we're keeping them honest, next. >> it brings your best minds and their brightest ideas together. it helps the largest of companies seize opportunity like the smallest of startups. it's the network-- the intelligent, secure cisco network that lets your employees, partners, suppliers and customers innovate and share so you can unleash the power of your most valuable asset: your people. >>> more breaking news. new and troubling developments in the struggle to fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant under control. new reports tonight that seawater near the plant contains radioactive iodine at more than 3,300 times the legal limit. the government today also calling the situation and i quote, unpredictable. officials saying the effort to bring the plant under control is now at "maximum alert." fresh worries over contaminated water leaking with containment vessels with some of that run off making it too risky for workers to continue their efforts to stabilize the plant. all of this
CNN
Mar 29, 2011 4:00am EDT
in tepco sink further in tokyo trading. small amounts of plutonium found around the fukushima daiichi power plant. >>> and all of the news that's fit to print. the question is how much you'll pay for it. the "new york times" paywall is now up and running. >>> let's take you straight to the stock market action here in europe. some of these markets really taking a bit of a nose dive after yesterday's mix. we've got the ftse 100 down by .2%. the copper miner and woolsey is a plumbing company. that's not enough to counter the general market trend. the cac 40 down by .4% despite gains for the french banks. and the dax still down by .6% despite the fact we've got shares in some of the car makers up like bmw up by 1.5%. let's turn our attention towards the currency markets. the euro and the pound gaining against the u.s. dollar. and as you can see, the yen is losing ground against that currency. when it comes to the euro, $1.4133, the japanese yen, though, currently trading at 81.68, pauline. >>> well, nina, the markets here in the asia-pac region finished mostly lower this session. the nikkei in
CNN
Mar 16, 2011 4:00am EDT
of the tepco, the tokyo electric power company. and we have now established a joint headquarters between the government and the tepco itself. >> now, that would be a long time after the initial crisis to establish such -- what would appear to be -- a very fundamental thing, a joint task force. why has it taken so long? >> well, what i'm saying is we are taking extraordinary steps to come up -- to locate joint headquarters inside the company itself. and our officials are going to tepco itself. and to -- and engaged in the challenge of coping with the situation together. >> there was a quote attributed to the prime minister in the newspapers today saying after a meeting with tepco officials, he asked them "what the hell is going on?" that does suggest that the prime minister is very frustrated by the level of information and the level of operation he's getting from tepco. is that correct? >> well, i -- i do not know whether that quote itself is right. but we do realize the need to share information at the same time. and that's the background behind the creation of joint headquarters. and w
CNN
Mar 16, 2011 3:00pm EDT
to sort of the piece meal information coming in from tepco, but then we also have in terms of the information flow, we had energy secretary chu say today that even our government here in the united states is not completely clear as to what's happening right here. it's obviously a fluid situation. things are changing hour by hour, but are the authorities in japan perhaps walking a fine line between telling every single detail that's happening here at this plant or perhaps creating some sort of panic? >> well, i think they are walking a fine line, and it is a genuine concern to create panic that may be unnecessary. you have to understand, too, that they don't -- they may not have enough people on the ground at the site to have a full understanding themselves. >> i've just gotten some information here. i want your reaction. apparently gregory jaczko from the nuclear regulatory commission has testified on capitol hill and says he believes there's been a hydrogen explosion in unit number four, reactor number four, because of an uncovering of the fuel, assuming he's referring to
PBS
Mar 24, 2011 7:00pm PDT
workers were standing in. tepco says 3.9 million becquerels of radioactive substances per cubic centimeter were found the basement water. that reading is 10,000 times higher than water inside of a nuclear reactor that is operating it. the company also detected high levels of radioactive materials, including cesium 144 and iodine 131. these substances generate during a nuclear fission inside of a reactor. tepco says number three reactor damage and spent fuel rods may have produced highly are radioactive water. >>> japan's health ministry says radiation above the legal limit has been detected in a vegetable grown in tokyo. this is the first time that radioactive cesium, exceeding the legal limit, has been found a tokyo vegetable. the ministry says the cesium was detected on thursday in a leafy vegetable taken from a field on wednesday. the vegetable is called komatsuna or japanese mustard and spinach. the radiation was 190 beck quells, exceeding the limit of 500. it was grown at the center and is not sold on the market. the health ministry says that level of radio activity would not have an
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Mar 29, 2011 7:00pm PDT
commission says partially melted nuclear fuel is the source. tepco says water found in the underground turnl near the number 1 reactor may have been from tsunami waves. >> translator: we think water in the tunnel is not mixing with water in the number 1 reactor turbine building. >> the company says if the water in the number 1 reactor's tunnel is safe after analysis, they will consider releasing it into the sea. tepco is studying where to store the polluted water and how to remove the radioactive substances, but the company is not sure if conventional methods can effectively treat the highly contaminated water. nhk has obtained high resolution photographs of fukushima daiichi plant. they were taken an unmanned plane on march 20th and 24th, and they show the devastation caused by the tsunami and hydrogen explosions. the photos were taken by an aerial survey firm for the plant's operator, tokyo electric power company. the photo taken near the number 4 reactor shows that pump trucks connected by hoses in a line that stretches from the pier to the first four reactors. a professor at university o
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Mar 29, 2011 7:00am EDT
of tokyo's electric power company tepco, there were plenty of sellers but no buyers, even at a the 20% discount. investors were scared off that the country might have to be nationalized to help it cope with the cast at the fukushima power plant. the minister also said the government is thinking about imposing state management, adding to those concerns and this is a company that's lost $30 billion in market values. the cost of ensuring its debt as risen 10fold and the debt standing at $92 billion. martin short of if you jits as you research told me why the government of japan would favor nationalization. >> well, bankruptcy is still not common in japan. the banking sector, for example, had been nationalized and tepco is at least as important for the domestic economy. plus, the reorganization overall would be much easier after nationalization and the banks will require strong guarantees right now. >> they sure will. >> this is what we saw in asia. global stocks rebounding on tuesday from those earlier losses, and again, same old story tied to japan's struggle to contain the world's wors
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Mar 31, 2011 2:00am EDT
the current evacuate zone. so today, tepco's chairman said the company has no choice but to decommission four of the crippled plant's six reactors. he's taken over the fight to bring the crisis over control because tepco's president is back in the hospital once again, said to be battling from "stress and fatigue." also feeling stress and fatigue, no doubt, the workers struggling to bring those reactors under control on little sleep and just two meals a day. we have new details on just why it is that workers are having such a hard time eating. the problem isn't just finding uncontaminated food but an uncontaminated space to eat it in. tepco says the workers will soon start getting three meals a day, possibly tomorrow. this, though, only after the information has been revealed that they weren't getting three meals a day. the company says it's hoping to get workers staples like bread and soup very soon. that's right, they haven't had bread or soup. they've had a lot of crackers. for now, they're powering through on meals nothing more than rice and a special protein mix, occasionally crackers. be
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Mar 17, 2011 8:00pm EDT
news. >> who's in charge of this response effort? is it the government? is it tepco? >> the struggle to find survivors continues in the cold and in the snow. >> the death toll stands at 5,429, nearly 10,000 people still missing. >> most of the aid is coming from the south, from tokyo, and a lot of it has not made it up to these tsunami and quake victims. >> good evening. the international atomic energy agency is reporting there is now electrical power in place at reactor 2 at the fukushima nuclear plant but has not yet been turned on. the iaea also reports that pressure inside the reactors has begun to fall. officials are still trying to figure out whether water drops from helicopters and cannons earlier today actually worked in cooling down the reactors. video shows much of the water was blown away because the helicopters had to stay high enough to avoid dangerous levels of radiation. still, one hopeful sign was the steam seen rising from reactor 3, which is evidence that the water might have been hitting the spent fuel rods. right now 14 buses are on their way to an area just north
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Mar 24, 2011 5:00am EDT
and joins us with the latest developments. paula? >> reporter: monita, we understand from tepco, the company in charge of the fukushima nuclear plant, that two workers were hospitalized. they say that actually three workers were contaminated as they were working in the basement of an engine room. they say that all three were walking in contaminated water and say that one was in his 30s. he had the contamination of something like 180 miliservants. the limit was 100 up until this deserve. the government has lifted the safety limit to 250. so that work is still below that, but still significant enough to take him to the hospital. a second man in his 20s had a similar exposure. the third man we don't know at this point. certainly this is of some concern to tepco officials. they do say they think it was skin exposure, though, as opposed to the airborne radiation that we may see in other cases. >> what more do we know about getting the nuclear reactors in terms of control, as far as damage control. give us an update on that. >> reporter: well, we know that they have managed to get electricity to r
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Mar 29, 2011 7:00pm PDT
, the japanese government. >> reporter: reports here say the government may temporarily nationalize tepco, which is confronting tens of billions of dollars in compensation to residents, fishermen and farmers who have been dislocated by the radiation disaster. a government takeover would ensure the company could meet those obligations, analysts say. the complex operation to stabilize fukushima's six damaged and leaking reactors could drag on for weeks. this weekend, trace plutonium turned up on the site, raising more alarm. tepco is the region's largest utility, and provides power to a third of japan's population, but with most of its nuclear power and other energy plants sidelined by the earthquake, tokyo is confronting huge power shortages, especially this summer. the nationalization rumors-- discounted by japanese officials-- sent tepco shares to their lowest level in almost 50 years. the fukushima disaster may not end japan's heavy dependence on nuclear energy, but it's likely to permanently alter the cozy ties between nuclear power companies and their regulators. lucy craft, "nightly busines
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Mar 30, 2011 7:00pm PDT
: executives of tokyo electric power-- or "tepco"-- did the customary bow of remorse, apologizing for a disaster that shows no signs of abating. their president, conspicuously absent from public view for several weeks, has checked into the hospital, complaining of high blood pressure. the latest alarming news from tepco? radioactive iodine in seawater near the fukushima plant has surged to 3,355 times legal limits. officials continue to argue seawater contamination won't ruin japanese fisheries, but these assurances are cold comfort to the agriculture and marine industries, which have lost consumer confidence here and abroad. meanwhile, tepco dropped another bombshell today. businesses are being asked to slash their energy use by a whopping 25%, or tokyo could face a long, hot summer of blackouts. lucy craft, "nightly business report," tokyo. >> tom: as we reported earlier, part of president obama's latest energy plan is focused on expanding the use of natural gas. that has tonight's "street critique" guest drilling for stock ideas. she's hilary kramer, editor of gamechangerstocks
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